Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  01 November 2018, 16:30-18:30
  AgriProFocus Utrecht

Curious to know how long it takes to get to the nearest city from anywhere on Earth?

Cities are a vital pathway to food and nutrition security. The Global Accessibility Map reveals how easy it is for people in different areas to access these resources - and that many people, especially in developing countries, often have to spend long hours to meet their basic needs.

Join us when Andy Nelson - Professor of Spatial Agriculture and Food Security at the University of Twente - presents this suprising and innovative visualisation of worldwide accessibility.

Nelson was asked in 2008 by the World Bank to calculate the number of people who lived within one hour travel time of a city.

‘I didn’t stop at one hour from a city, I kept going and ended up with a global map, which received a lot of attention. It was a completely new visualization of how connected we are,’ says Nelson. ‘We improved the quality of the map thanks to big advances in the available information and means, which we had at our disposal thanks to the collaboration with Google.’


Professor Nelson will reveal the secrets of the global map of accessibility to services, resources and economic opportunities to you. He highlights development gaps between urban and rural populations; these gaps affect the choices food producers and consumers make.


1. What are the implications for accessibility and affordability of nutritious food products for rural and urban consumers? Which other questions does this raise for your work?

2. How can value chains be organised more efficiently with regards to logistics and distribution?

3. Is high accessibility always an improvement? What are the risks of high accessibility and how do we take this into account?

We hope to see you on November 1st! 


Sarah Assefa Wow, I really wish I could come! (I wiil be in Ethiopia, too far from the city where this event is taking place.) I would love to learn about how Ethiopia on average distance of homes to cities compares to other countries! If anyone would be able to obtain that information, I would be very interested to have it. Have a great event. 

3 months 6 days ago

Anne Marie Kortleve Hi Sarah Assefa, we will set-up a livestream for the plenary part of the session through our Facebook page. Hope to see you there!

2 months 3 weeks ago